#007 – Plan A – Data for the Greener Good!

#007 – Plan A – Data for the Greener Good!

Plan A was born 3 years ago with the ambition of tackling climate change at its roots. We help businesses join the fight against climate change by supporting them on their sustainable transformation. Through a scientific, technological and educational approach, Plan A works with organizations to establish carbon tracking and reduction best practices at their core.

#006 – Reducing Plastic Waste with soulbottles

#006 – Reducing Plastic Waste with soulbottles

SOUL BOTTLES strives to reduce waste and provide access to clean drinking water to all. Through sales of their stylish, eco-friendly, glass water bottles they support drinking water projects around the world. They also have a very forward thinking internal work culture based on holacracy and non-violent communication. Read on to learn more about this awesome social business!

#005 – Plantyflix

#005 – Plantyflix

Born out of the covid-era, Plantyflix was created (by two friends Fabrice + Liam) to help people plant trees from their couch to offset a part or all of their digital carbon footprint — specifically from streaming. The problem is that with covid came a huge increase in Netflix usage and other kinds of video streaming platforms, such as Disney+, Youtube and even Zoom are just to name a few. You may not know it. But just like driving, chilling at home binging on your favourite TV shows or video calling friends also has an impact on the environment.

#004 – Urban Farming with Farmlyplace

#004 – Urban Farming with Farmlyplace

Farmlyplace develops management and control systems for urban farming (smart farming), operates an online marketing platform for locally produced products, and provides a quality management solution for farm system customers. At their Kiezfarm in Charlottenburg, Farmlyplace supplies local consumers with fresh lettuce, leafy greens and herbs, and produces high-quality, locally produced, fresh, organic and natural products, sustainably and without genetic engineering.

#002 – SunCrafter

#002 – SunCrafter

For almost 1 billion people worldwide and in many situations of our everyday-lives, sufficient access to clean electricity is lacking. At the same time, there is an exponentially increasing amount of solar panel waste, which turns into a threat to the global energy transition. In Europe, even functional solar panels are discarded, adding to the predicted solar waste crisis which is expected to exceed 80 million tons by 2050. SunCrafter tackles both problems, with one technological solution.

By applying reconfiguration technology and substituting diesel generators with solar generators, SunCrafter is able to save around 0.3kg CO2/kWh. They’ve estimated that providing all currently unconnected and displaced persons with 200 million of our solar generators would yield a savings of 22 million tons CO2/annually and represents 3 million tons of solar panel repurposing that would have gone to waste. Several studies on the LCA of new and second lie PV panels have shown that extending the life-time of panels drops the environmental cost of solar significantly.

#001 – SIRPLUS

#001 – SIRPLUS

18 million tons of food are wasted every year in Germany alone. This equals one truckload of food every minute! Millions are wasted by producers, suppliers and wholesalers. On the other hand, consumers want to reduce food waste but often lack the time and means. This is where we come in: By saving surplus (excess) food and reselling it in our online shop and through our 6 Berlin-based “Rettermärkte”, we offer a solution! Also, raising awareness for sustainable use of precious resources is a matter very close to our hearts

100 Sustainable Solutions

100 Sustainable Solutions

GreenBuzz Berlin is a sustainability focused platform and network run by volunteers with a mission to advocate for systemic change towards a greener future. We do this by connecting impact-driven organisations with the wider community and aim to provide both sides with the opportunity to learn and collaborate. We started running networking events in 2014 to provide a stage for sustainable initiatives in Berlin to […]

Deforestation and the Death Care Industry in the West

Deforestation and the Death Care Industry in the West

It is no secret that deforestation has widespread consequences. By now, we know that it is one of the leading causes of habitat destruction, and therefore biodiversity loss. Furthermore, by chopping down trees, we also remove one of the most important carbon sinks that we have in the world, which leads to an increase in atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide. Recent research even suggests that […]

Environmental Justice and the Climate Movement in Light of COVID-19

Environmental Justice and the Climate Movement in Light of COVID-19

The climate movement in mainstream media is dominated by a sensationalist attitude that urges society to take action before it is too late. According to leading scientists, we have just a decade to change our bad habits and turn to a greener, cleaner economic model if we want to save Earth and humanity’s place in it. However, for some communities around the world it is […]

Apply for the 2020 Young Global Changers Program

Apply for the 2020 Young Global Changers Program

Editor’s note: This article was first published on the Sense & Sustainability website. It has been reproduced here with the author’s permission. The Global Solutions Initiative is now accepting applications for their 2020 Young Global Changers (YGCs) program which “brings together young people from around the world who are working towards a global paradigm shift, combining their talents and together becoming a strong voice for […]

Going Deforestation-free: What’s the Role of Corporations?

Going Deforestation-free: What’s the Role of Corporations?

For most of my professional life, I have worked for agribusiness companies and always wondered about the role of corporations as changemakers. I believe that as part of the social tissue, businesses are key in addressing society’s most pressing issues, and have the potential to drive major transformations for a better world. Of course, it’s not only up to the corporations to be the changemakers. […]

Event Recap – Feeding Berlin #3: The True Cost of Food

Event Recap – Feeding Berlin #3: The True Cost of Food

Last week we had the third event in our Feeding Berlin Series, looking at the true cost of food when all externalities were considered. Our speakers Olivia Riemer and Barbara Sennholz-Weinhardt outlined their findings on the genuine cost of food products when our health and the environment are considered, as well as ongoing human rights violations that still exist in global value chains. Our first […]

3 Reasons Why Protecting Our Rivers Is Incredibly Important

3 Reasons Why Protecting Our Rivers Is Incredibly Important

If the rainforests are the lungs of the planet, then the rivers can be considered the veins and arteries. For a significant part of human history, rivers have been very important to our species for a multitude of different reasons, taking a dip being only a minor one. Therefore, it’s no surprise we’ve dedicated one day of the year to celebrate them. As an integral […]

Event Review: Sustainable Tourism

Event Review: Sustainable Tourism

Takeaways from our last event and challenges moving forward The idea of ‘sustainable travel’ demands thought and attention – such was clear at our Sustainable Tourism event that attracted a full house at Betahaus on the 3rd of September. We had two speakers: Susana Baumann, the Corporate Social Responsibility Manager at Ventura Travel, and Santeri Lehtonen, a field-tested Ecologist currently working with Impact Entrepreneurship, LCA […]

The Amazon is still burning & what you can do about it

The Amazon is still burning & what you can do about it

The record-breaking fires in the Amazon have called international attention in the past weeks, making everyone concerned about the future of the most biodiverse rainforest, an ecosystem on which the whole world depends and that plays a key role in reducing climate change. The rainforest is on fire! Experts say that natural fires in the Amazon are rare, and the majority of these fires were […]

The 5 Most Abundant Greenhouse Gases and Where They Come From

The 5 Most Abundant Greenhouse Gases and Where They Come From

There’s more to the greenhouse effect than carbon dioxide. The greenhouse effect is an important part of the reason why our planet is fit for human habitation. However, releasing gases which promote it through human activity into the atmosphere is leading to a warming effect; this is essentially upsetting the Earth’s natural systems. Without pulling any punches, it’s fair to say that humans release a […]